Laser cut foams in addition to industrial applications (such as luggage inserts or protection or for seals on machinery) also have a number of creative applications like souvenirs or picture frames. Foams that are suitable for laser processing such are those foams manufactured from polyester (PES), polyethylene (PE) or polyurethane (PUR). These foams are suitable for laser cutting and engraving.
Film materials that are suitable for laser cutting:
Why is laser cutting foam unique?
Laser cutting foam using a laser cutter produces clean and sealed edges. Because the laser is an extremely versatile tool that allows users to work directly from a design program, there is a lot that is feasible. Possible applications range from model construction to advanced applications such as series production. The laser in comparison to the advanced water jet cutting method is more versatile in efficiency and speed.
Is it a requirement to have the foam flat on the working surface?
During the cutting of foam, the laser does not exert any pressure on the foam throughout the process. It is for this reason that material clamping or any other fixed placing of material is not required. To save time and money throughout the material preparation, simply place the foam inside the laser machine and begin the cutting process.
"We bought a Trotec laser cutter to be able to manufacture and prototype what we conceptualise. The Trotec machines are reliable and there is very little maintenance required. We are impressed by the quality and accuracy of the laser."- Ria Kraftt - owner of Green Grass Design -